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Art in the Yard 2016: urgent call for volunteers

Art in the Yard is a popular and highly successful, outdoor, originals only, juried art exhibition and sale held annually on the two-acre grounds of the Elora Centre for the Arts. For it to happen in 2016, we urgently need a group of keen and dedicated volunteers to organize it.

Why are volunteers essential? Because of our critical financial situation, we do not have the funds to hire staff to organize it as we did last year.  And our Board is too small and too occupied with solving the financial situation to take on this project.

AITY has been highly successful in the past when run by volunteers. This is the only way we can repeat the success. To have AITY this year a commitment must be made no later than the end of February. Unfortunately we cannot commit unless there are sufficient volunteers in place by this time.

In particular AITY needs a dedicated individual who will take responsibility for the event. Whether it is to take on this rewarding challenge, or to help make AITY happen in other ways, please email as soon as possible. For further information about the event see Art in the Yard 2015.

The Future of the Centre

The Elora Centre for the Arts is in transition. We must move from being a landlord responsible for a heritage property to a tenant. We are seeking a partnership with a buyer that will ensure the Centre will continue to operate from the old school building. As we do this, we have to reduce expenses, which in the short term means we cannot offer our previous range of programs and activities. However, barring unforeseen events, we are hoping the building will remain operational for our existing tenants, the Montessori School and the Academy of Dance, at least for the balance of the term.

We are confident that through the sale of the property and the support of the community we will be able to reinvent ourselves. Guided by our community consultations, we are developing programming and event themes that will support the arts and artists, and bring excitement and financial sustainability. For further information about this journey for the Centre please see the Chair's update

Annual General Meeting 2016

Members Invitation 
Annual General Meeting
Tuesday, 23 February, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
75 Melville Street, Elora
Light refreshments served
Please RSVP: 519-846-9698 or

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